clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Gan McGee returns to MMA with TKO win

Gan McGee, who once competed for the UFC heavyweight belt, completed a successful return to MMA Saturday night at an Xtreme Fighting Championships event in Tampa, Florida.

McGee, who stands at 6-foot-10, won by referee stoppage due to strikes at 59 seconds of the second round against Jonathan Ivey in the main event of the Florida promotion's "Salute to Our Armed Forces 5" show at the St. Pete Times Forum.

It was McGee's first fight in over four years and his first win since UFC 41 on Feb. 23, 2003.

At a time when the majority of the best heavyweights were fighting for PRIDE in Japan, McGee was the number one contender for the UFC belt in 2003. He was awarded a shot at then-champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 44 on Sept. 26, 2003 after picking up wins over Pedro Rizzo and Alexandre Dantas at UFC 39 and 41, respectively. McGee lost to Sylvia quickly via TKO, but Sylvia later tested positive for steroids for that fight and forfeited the title.

McGee continued his career with PRIDE February-April 2004, and called it quits after losses to Heath Herring and Semmy Schilt.

The win Saturday helped kick off McGee's return to MMA by improving his record to 13-4.